Luke Tscharke
Luke Tscharke
Travel Tip

5 Reasons for a Tassie spring break

Kathryn Leahy
Festival goers, wine connoisseurs and art appreciators, come mingle. Open bleary winter eyes and explore to the edges of the world, where art surrounds you, the sparkling is flowing and spontaneous celebrations are stirring.

1. There’s art in unusual places

Heard of The Unconformity? It’s a grungy industrial art festival deep in a remote western mining town that takes on a new form every two years. In Queenstown, nothing conforms. Not the mine-ravaged landscape, not the gravel football field, and certainly not the people. Contemporary and Aboriginal artists emerge from their ingenious hides and express their creativity through dance, music, sound art and theatre on the streets and inside former industrial sites. Dismiss them or join them, 19-21 October.

A car parked next to a windy mountain highway at Queenstown Tasmania
Scott Sporleder, Matador
Queenstown is just around the bend

2. Your glass is always half full

Head east for a weekend of wine and seafood. The Great Eastern Wine Weekend effortlessly combines the two as you meet winemakers and sample wine accompanied with oysters at Freycinet Lodge. Get a little closer to the oyster lease by wading out knee-deep into an estuary where the oyster farmer will hand you a glass of bubbles and shuck oysters from the same waters you are standing in. Turn up to Twamley Farm for wine and slow cooking over fire and there’s wine tastings on a cruise to Wineglass Bay and a long table brunch that shouldn’t be missed. 7-9 September.
Meet winemakers and wine experts at decadent garden parties and food-matching masterclasses at Effervescence. Likened to the region Champagne, in France the Tamar Valley just outside of Launceston brings together 15 of Tassie’s top sparkling producers for a weekend of sparkling wine. Snap up your spot, 16-18 November.

Ladies enjoying glasses of sparking wine on bean bags at Josef Chromy during Effervescence
Liza-Jane Sowden
Effervescence Grand Tasting Garden Party

3. It’s the season of colour

The bloom may be brief, but the vision of row upon row of tulips sloping gently towards a stark white lighthouse on the edge of a volcanic plateau, will last a lifetime. Time it right and you’ll catch the tulips in bloom September to October. Tulip fields not bright enough for you? At the Tulip Festival Wynyard’s colour run you can get plastered from head to toe in colour (BYO goggles). Try your hand at tulip-throwing in the annual competition, watch fireworks over the Inglis River or turn up to the tulip cocktail party and bring some colourful moves to the dancefloor.

Rows of tulips with a lighthouse in the background
Scott Sporleder, Matador
Bloomin’ Tulips Festival

4. Release your inner creative

Rub shoulders with Australia’s best writers in a storybook Swiss village over cocktails and delicious produce. Now is the time to immerse yourself in a magical world of words, share stories and feast on Tamar Valley produce. Learn how to ignite your own stories with Amie Kaufman from New York Times and discover the ageless art of building worlds with words. This year the Tamar Valley Writers Festival theme is ‘Tasmania on the Global Page’. Expand your mind, 14-16 September.

An outdoor function at Tamar Valley Writers Festival
Courtesy of Tamar Valley Resort
Tamar Valley Writers Festival

5. Pick the best of the season

Farm gate markets in Tasmania celebrate eating seasonal and making local. Join in the Tassie tradition of attending weekend produce markets to gather good nosh and listen to buskers laid-back tunes. Meet bakers, cheesemakers, pig farmers, orchardists and apiarists that collect honey from wild places. Our picks for this spring are the Saturday Salamanca Market in Hobart and Harvest Market, in Launceston, the Sunday Farm Gate Market in Hobart and the monthly Bream Creek Farmers Market. located 45 minutes east of Hobart.

Stallholders and shoppers at the Salamanca Market held every Saturday in Hobart Tasmania
Poon Wai Nang
Salamanca Market

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